Philosophy East and West 66 (1):328-341 (2016)

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Lei Zhong
Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Contemporary virtue ethicists have attempted to offer a virtue-based account of right action. However, such an account is faced by a daunting challenge, the ‘supererogation problem’ as it may be called. Since what a virtuous person would characteristically do is often beyond the scope of moral duty, virtue ethics seems to have difficulty in accommodating the distinction between obligation and supererogation. This essay aims to meet this challenge by recommending a Confucian virtue theory of supererogation.
Keywords Virtue Ethics  Confucianism  Supererogation  Obligation
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DOI 10.1353/pew.2016.0017
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